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Preview — The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
The Invisible Man
In a very old episode of This American Life (listen here), John Hodgman asks the ultimate question: Flight vs. Invisibility? It’s an amusing party topic, a fun little game to play, but there’s actually more to it than that. As a “Super Rorschach Test,” the question is difficult to answer because the two choices both tell us very different things about ourselves. Flight is noble, something we aspire to; invisibility is a more primal desire, something hidden and mysterious. There’s even a ...more
If can I may borrow and paraphrase from the ...more
In all actuality, I guess my feelings towards the protagonist/antagonist (yes, both are the same character) would be considered a win for the author, as I feel that Wells didn't intend for the reader to truly like this character. What I fi ...more
I have become a huge fan of H.G. Wells, though it still rankle ...more
This is perhaps my favourite of H.G.Wells' books that I have read. This in itself is interesting as it has slipped into a sort of obscurity when compared to the fame of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. However what I love about this book is its greater grounding in human aff ...more
Born an albino, Griffin has always been an outcast, and as a young chemistry student, his experiments lead to "invisibility" tried first on small objects, then a (view spoiler)[poor cat (hide spoiler)] and eventually himself (view spoiler)[as he flees for his life from a suspicious landlord. (hide spoiler)]
At first, our scientist has a little fun with his deceptive existence, but his life of dread soon begins in earnest when he discov...more
Review of the book
This book was really interesting, mostly because it was written in 1897. At that time, people had no idea what an "invisible man" was. Come on, invisible?! Nobody had ever heard of that until H.G. Wells comes out with his book.
All in all, I really enjoyed the story but found the book quiet hard to read, as English isn't my first language. The author, who wanted to write the dialects of the people in Iping phonetically, made it difficult for me to understand some parts of the d ...more
The Invisible Man is character orientated in its own way, but by taking a distant tone to illustrate the isolation of genius from society, the corruption of power. HG Wells makes sure the man isn’t even that likeable, although of course my silly heart felt compassion sometimes anyway.
If you’re familiar with the Universal classic movie, the first chapters – that is his time at the Inn – is pretty identical in sequence and outcome in the film. Thankfully the shrew innkeeper woman wasn’t a ...more
This is a classic book that I have actually looked forward to reading. Who doe ...more
A stranger takes up lodging in a rustic inn. His eccentric behavior is remarked upon, demanding complete privacy and going about in concealing attire. Inexplicable mischief arrives with him and, when word gets ou ...more
Okay, so I finally sat down and watched the Universal Studios version of this (starring Claude Rains - what a hoot!); and I must say that, thanks to a friend allowing me to sit in on several of her film studies classes, I see no ...more
'I had impunity to do whatever I chose, everything - save to give away my secret.'This is not the first time I've read this story and it probably won't be the last. It is, however, the first time I've been annoyed by ...more
I thought this was going to be a little sinister or scary, but it's not. If you stop and try to picture some of what's happening, it's actually rather hilarious. The Invisible Man has to stay invisible to hide from people who mean him harm. This means he can't wear clothes, which are not invisible and would give him away. So th ...more
So, what happens if a sociopath manages the trick of invisibility? Well, first we get an invisible cat, which delights me no end, loathe as I am to inconvenience the visible ones who hinder me from reading. Fortunately, for all his skill as a researcher, Griffin is kind o ...more
First the idea of invisibility is something we have all thought about at one point or another. This book forced me to flesh out the desire of invisibility for more than just a few ...more
First of all I want to stress out the fact that the story is very well written, for H. G. Wells is a high-level writer. Besides it is written in a way that descriptions and low-paced parts are as interesting as the others, making you keep a steady reading pace along the whole book.
Regarding the story itself, I really found it interesting and very readable. It's a simple story, wit ...more
مؤلفها هو هربرت جورج والذي يعتبر من مؤسسي أدب الخيال العلمي
نشرت الرواية في البداية كمسلسل في جريدة بيرسون الأسبوعية في عام 1897 ، على طريقة آرثر كونان وروايته الشهيرة شارلك هولمز التي كانت تنشر في جريدة The Scotsman و Glasgow Herald.وأيضاً تشارز ديكنز نشر مجمل رواياته بالصحافة كصحيفة Monthly Magazineو غيرها تحت عنوان Sketches By Boz
ويبدو أن الادباء الإنجليز كانوا ينشرون قصصهم ورواياتهم في الصحف من أجل أستقطاب أكبر ...more
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